Courses for Spring 2019

Title Instructor Location Time All taxonomy terms Description Section Description Cross Listings Fulfills Registration Notes Syllabus Syllabus URL Course Syllabus URL
LALS 071-401 Latin American Survey 1808-Present Melissa Teixeira MW 10:00 AM-11:00 AM This course examines central themes of Latin American history, from independence to the present. It engages a hemispheric and global approach to understand the economic and social transformations of the region. We will explore the anti-imperial struggles, revolutions, social movements, and global economic crises that have given rise to new national projects for development, or have frustrated the realization of such goals. Taking a historical perspective, we will ask: What triggers imperial breakdown? How did slaves navigate the boundary between freedom and bondage? Was the Mexican Revolution revolutionary? How did the Great Depression lead to the rise of state-led development? In what ways have citizens mobilized for equality, a decent standard of living, and cultural inclusion? And what future paths will the region take given uneasy export markets and current political uncertainty? HIST071401 History & Tradition Sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
LALS 078-401 The African Diaspora: Global Dimensions Roquinaldo A. Ferreira TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM This class examines the cultural and social ramifications of the African diaspora on a global level. It is divided into two major sections. The first section provides the historical background to the African diaspora by focusing on the forced migration of Africans to Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. We will then delve into the black experience in French and British colonial spaces. In this section, we will also endeavor to move beyond the Atlantic-centric paradigm in studies of the African diaspora by examining free and unfree migrations of African people across the Indian Ocean to places as far away as India and the Philippines. The second half of the class devotes significant attention to the historical legacy of slavery and colonialism in places like Brazil, Cuba and the United States. In this section, we will discuss such issues as race relations, the struggle for civil rights for African-descent people as well as the emergence and the implementation of affirmative action policies in places like Brazil and the US. AFRC073401, HIST078401
LALS 107-401 War On Drugs in Latin America Dorothy J Kronick T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM Freshmen seminars are small, substantive courses taught by members of the faculty and open only to freshmen. These seminars offer an excellent opportunity to explore areas not represented in high school curricula and to establish relationships with faculty members around areas of mutual interest. See PSCI010401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Freshman Seminar</span>
LALS 121-401 Silver and Gold in the Americas From Pre-History To the Present Ann C. Farnsworth-Alvear TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Precious metals have shaped pre-Colombian economies and socio-cultural processes in the Americas for thousands of years. After 1492, gold and silver sent from the "New World" to the "Old World" played a key role in changing economies all over the world. Locally, mining centers were places marked by forced labor, conspicuous consumption, and the destruction of ecosystems. Internationally, gold and silver prices have long had outsized effects on monetary and trade policies. This course uses case studies to delve into the fascinating history of precious metals and mining in North and South America. We will analyze documents describing the gold objects ransacked by Spanish conquistadors, examine 17th Century proto-industrial silver mining at Potosi, trace the impact and human cost of the huge gold strikes in Minas Gerais, in colonial Brazil, read new work on the California and Yukon moments of "rush" and their long-term impact on US monetary policy, and follow new reports about the conflicts at the heart of transnational gold mining in the present. Students will gain experience working with primary sources and will produce an in-depth research paper. HIST121401
LALS 157-401 Accrdions of the New Wld Timothy Rommen TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM This course focuses on the musical genres and styles (both traditional and popular) that have grown up around the accordion in the New World. We will begin our explorations in Nova Scotia and move toward the Midwest, travelling though the polka belt. From there, our investigation turns toward Louisiana and Texas--toward zydeco, Cajun, and Tex-Mex music. We will then work our way through Central and South America, considering norteno, cumbia, vallenato, tango, chamame, and forro. Our journey will include in the Caribbean, where we will spend some time thinking about merengue and rake-n-scrape music. Throughout the semester, the musical case studies will be matched by readings and films that afford ample opportunity to think about the ways that music is bound up in ethnicity, identity, and class. We will also have occasion to thinkabout the accordian as a multiply meaningful instrument that continues to be incorporated into debates over cultural politics and mobilized as part of strategies of representation through the New World. MUSC255401, AFRC157401
LALS 208-401 International Organizations in Latin America Catherine E.M. Bartch MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM International Organizations play a powerful role in mitigating conflict at the global level. What role do they play in solving problems related to global politics, economic development, corruption, inequality and civil society in Latin America? How much power, influence and control do they possess in the region? This course examines the role and impact international organizations have had on Latin America since the mid-20th century. After a review of theoretical and methodological persectives on the significance of IOs in international relations, students will examine the workings, issues and often controversies surrounding IOs in Latin America, including the IMF, World Bank, UN, OAS and ICC as wellas regional organizations such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and area trade blocs and agreements of Mercosur, NAFTA and others. Students will also explore the regional impact of transnational civil society organizations, such as human rights organizations and the International Olympic Committee. Students will be invited to participate in the Washington Model OAS from April 10-17. PSCI208401
LALS 213-401 Latin American Politics Tulia G. Falleti MW 09:00 AM-10:00 AM This course examines the dynamics of political and economic change in twentieth century Latin America, with the goal of achieving an understanding of contemporary politics in the region. We will analyze topics such as the incorporation of the region to the international economy and the consolidatio of oligarchic states (1880s to 1930s), corporatism, populism, and elict pacts (1930s and 1940s), social revolution, democratic breakdown, and military rule (1960s and 1970s), transitions to democracy and human rights advocacy (1980s) makret-oriented reforms (1990s), and the turn to the left of current governments (2000s). The course will draw primarily from the experiences of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Mexico. No prior knowledge of the region is required. PSCI213401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
LALS 231-402 Culture and Identity of the Lusophone World Mercia S. Flannery TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Topics vary. For current course description, please see department's webpage: PRTG221402
LALS 233-401 Corruption, Collusion, and Commmerce in Early America and the Carribean Casey Schmitt M 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics vary HIST233401
LALS 233-402 Taking Off: How Some Economies Get Rich Melissa Teixeira W 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics vary HIST233402
LALS 240-401 Topics in Lusophone Culture - Society and Visual Arts Carlos Pio MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM Topics vary. For current course description, please see department's webpage: CIMS232401, PRTG240401
LALS 250-401 Regime Change in Latin America: A Role For the United States? Dorothy J Kronick MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM Why has the United States government participated in regime change in Latin America? How have these interventions affected Latin American political and economic outcomes? How have they helped or hurt U.S. interests in the region? This lecture course provides an introduction to the history and politics of U.S. participation in regime change in Latin America since 1949. For each event, the course will help students understand (1) the goals of the U.S. government; (2) the historical and political context of the intervention; and (3) the outcomes and consequences, both in Latin America and for the United States. One set of short writing assignments will train students to identify the main argument of a reading and assess the quality of the evidence presented in support of that argument; a second set of short writing assignments will train students to make and defend their own argument (see draft syllabus for details). PSCI250401
LALS 273-401 The Immigrant City Domenic Vitiello W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This course focuses on immigrant communities in United States cities and suburbs. We survey migration and community experiences among a broad range of ethnic groups in different city and suburban neighborhoods. Class readings, discussions, and visits to Philadelphia neighborhoods explore themes including labor markets, commerce, housing, civil society, racial and ethnic relations, integration, refugee resettlement, and local, state, and national immigration policies. The class introduces students to a variety of social science approaches to studying social groups and neighborhoods, including readings in sociology, geography, anthropology, social history, and political science. Ultimately, the class aims to help students develop: 1) a broad knowledge of immigration and its impacts on U.S. cities and regions; 2) a comparative understanding of diverse migrant and receiving communities; and 3) familiarity with policies and institutions that seek to influence immigration and immigrant communities. URBS270401, SOCI270401 Society sector (all classes)
LALS 274-601 Facing America William D Schmenner M 05:00 PM-08:00 PM This course explores the visual history of race in the United States as both self-fashioning and cultural mythology by examining the ways that conceptions of Native American, Latino, and Asian identity, alongside ideas of Blackness and Whiteness, have combined to create the various cultural ideologies of class, gender, and sexuality that remain evident in historical visual and material culture. We also investigate the ways that these creations have subsequently helped to launch new visual entertainments, including museum spectacles, blackface minstrelsy, and early film, from the colonial period through the 1940s. CIMS293601, ASAM294601, AFRC294601, ARTH274601
LALS 317-401 The Politics of Matter Kristina M. Lyons W 03:30 PM-06:30 PM What is nature? What is culture? What kinds of practices and actors constitute what we call science? Who and what constitute the sphere we refer to as politics? A number of theoretical developments in cultural anthropology, political theory, critical geography, and feminist science studies have problematized the modernist ontological divide between Nature and Culture and a whole series of binary oppositions (such as objects/subjects, matter/form, bio/geo) that follow from it. Taking inspiration from this literature and placing it in conversation with Native and Indigenous scholarship and a series of contemporary socio-environmental struggles occurring in Latin America and beyond, this course will discuss the conceptual-methodological tools that a concern with politics of matter has generated. The epistemic and political implications of these tools go beyond their analytical usefulness as innovative devices to explore novel phenomena. They complicate well-established fields of inquiry, such as political ecology and economy, environmental studies, ethics, social justice, and modern politics; and, indeed, the singular ontology that these fields may inadvertently and explicitly sustain. We will explore how it is that things, stuff, matter, 'nature' came to fall outside modern politics as such, and the kinds of ethico-political repercussions that problematizing this division may produce. ANTH317401
LALS 385-601 Religion and Politics in Latin America Juan Manuel Lombera MW 05:30 PM-07:00 PM This course offers an introductory examination of the political and social role that the Catholic Church has played in Latin America from the time of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests in the 16th century to the end of the 20th century. Throughout this five-century period, the Catholic Church has not acted as a monolithic institution. Some members of the church have been associated with governments and those in power in order to exert control and domination over the population. Others have been among the few individuals or institutions that have spoken up against the injustices and oppression both of colonial governments in the 16th to 18th centuries, and of authoritarian regimes of independent republics in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this latter period, our analysis will include the churchs role in defending human, civil, political, and indigenous rights and in promoting the transition from the period of military or civilian dictatorships that ruled a good part of the region starting in the 1960s to civilian democratic regimes in the 1980s and 1990s. We will analyze six countries, three of which were under national security regimes: Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, and three others that experienced internal wars between guerrillas and military-backed civilian juntas: Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
LALS 389-401 Top:Modern & Contemp Art: Postmodern, Postcolonial, Post-Black Gwendolyn D Shaw W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM Topic varies. Spring 2019: The end of the last century saw a shift in the way contemporary artistic practice was conceived. This class will consider the work and writings of key artists and thinkers of the last 50 years who have tackled issues of race, class, consumption, marginality, nationality, and modernism. ARTH388401, AFRC388401
LALS 394-401 Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Contemporary Latin American Literature Oscar E. Montoya MWF 01:00 PM-02:00 PM Topics vary. See the Romance Languages Department's website at for a description of the current offerings. SPAN394401
LALS 395-401 Staging Gender in Latin America Selma Feliciano Arroyo MWF 12:00 PM-01:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN395401
LALS 397-401 Literature and Everyday Life in Colonial Spanish America Jorge Tellez MWF 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN396401
LALS 397-402 Narratives of La Selva Jean O'Bryan Knight MWF 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN396402
LALS 397-403 The New Latin American Literary Boom? Women Writers in the 21st Century Maria Victoria Garcia-Serrano TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN396403
LALS 398-401 Literature & Ethnography Ashley Roome Brock TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN397401
LALS 398-402 Latin American Marxisms Ericka Beckman TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN397402
LALS 425-401 Latin@ Cultural History: the Resiliency and Impact of Latin@ Cultural Expressions in the Us Johnny Irizarry T 05:30 PM-08:30 PM This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the resiliency and impact of Latin@ cultural and artistic contributions, esthetics, expressions and institution building int he United Stats from the Civil Rights Era to the present. We will explore how Latin@s arguculturally defining being "American"; how their artistic expressions fit and influence the creativity and productivity of American and global Arts & Cultural expressions; and the Latin@ interactions of race, culture, society, economy and politics in the U.S. SOCI425401
LALS 526-640 Transitional Justice in Latin America Catherine E.M. Bartch W 06:00 PM-08:00 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Online Course Only</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Online Course Fee $150</span>
LALS 557-401 Archaeology of Landscapes Clark Lowden Erickson TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM Advanced seminar for potential professional archaeologists. Course will examine critically main past and present theoretical issues in archaeological research and interpretation, and consider various methodologies utilized towards these interpretive ends. AAMW557401, ANTH557401
LALS 710-401 Fascism and Racism: A Love Story Michael George Hanchard T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM This course provides the opportunity for students to investigate the relationship between the emergence of African peoples as historical subjects and their location within specific geopolitical and economic circumstances. Topics vary. What is the relationship between fascism an racism in modern politics, and how have black political thinkers and organizations understood this relationship? This graduate level course is designed to familiarize students with the historical and contemporary literature on fascism as a phenomena of modern politics, and the importance of racial politics and ideologies to its constitution. Students will become familiar with the contributions of Black political actors, organizations and thinkers in Europe, Africa, Asia and the New World to fascism's defeat in the 1920's and 1930's, as well as more contemporary efforts to curb more contemporary fascist movements, regimes and aesthetics in late modernity. Antonio Gramsci, Robert Paxton, Michael Mann, C.L.R. James, George Padmore, Aime Cesaire, Suzanne Cesaire and Hannah Arendt are among the thinkers, theorists and activist students will encounter in this course. The overarching aim of thiscourse is to identify fascism in both historical and contemporary contexts as avery specific form of political organization and rule, and its interrelationship with racism, nationalism and xenophobia. SOCI702401, COML710401, HIST710401, AFRC710401, PSCI711401